Ohio History Journal

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Amos Glover whose diary is here reproduced, was born in

1832 near Centreville, Belmont County, Ohio, where his father

Samuel Glover, had a general store. He attended Allegheny

College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, for three years (1853-1857)

without taking a degree. Upon his departure from college he re-

turned to aid his father who had acquired a 300-acre farm near

Powhatan Point and a couple of mills on Capatina Creek. Ob-

servation during this period of the effects of the custom of serv-

ing harvest hands with whiskey made young Glover a total ab-

stainer. He broke away from the United Presbyterianism into

which he was born and thereafter never professed Christianity.

Yet he retained the strict morality of his Scottish forbears, as

may be observed in various entries in his diary.

At the outbreak of the Civil War he organized Company F.

of the Fifteenth Ohio Regiment and served as its captain until

elected treasurer of Belmont County in 1863, although according

to official records he was not discharged from the army until

March 17, 1864. After the war Glover served as cashier to Isaac

Welsh during the latter's incumbency as treasurer of the State of

Ohio. In 1870 he removed to Delaware, Ohio, where his younger

sister, Sarah, wished to attend the Female College. Delaware

remained his home for the rest of his life. Here he conducted a

drygoods business. His real estate investments, especially in Co-

lumbus and in Kansas City, enabled him to retire on a comfortable

income before he was fifty. Glover never lost interest in politics.

For twenty years he served as chairman of the Republican Party